How to Pray in Congregation at Home Due to COVID-19?

Offering Eid Prayer at Home Due to the Lockdown: Okay?

Eid Prayer at Home


Can we pray Eid at home during the lockdown?


In the name of Allah, we praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright.

According to the Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali Schools of Sunni Islamic law, it is permissible, even in regular circumstances, for the one who misses the Eid Prayer at the mosque or musalla to perform it at home, either individually or in congregation – though some Maliki jurists are of the opinion that it must be performed individually. There is no requirement, however, to have the sermon (khutbah) delivered.

Imam An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him), the great Shafi’i jurist, states, “Two views have been transmitted [in the Shafi’i School] on whether the Eid prayer is legislated for a slave, traveller, woman and a person praying alone at home or elsewhere. The reliable and more renowned position is that it is legislated for them.” (Al-Majmu’)

As such, it is permitted f to perform the Eid prayer at home due to the current lockdown and the various mosques/masajid remaining closed for the general public.

For more information watch this interesting talk with Sheikh Assim Al-Hakeem.


Source: Zad Youtube Channel.

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